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A musical delight on Norwich Market

Published on Tuesday, 8th December 2015

A colourful new Christmas charity stall on Norwich Market is music to the ears and eyes of the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich.

Sistema in Norwich, which is the city’s civic charity for 2015-16, has decorated a stall with a musical fireside scene to provide a festive focal point for market customers and an open invitation for donations for its work.

Why not pop along and see stall 123 on Row F of Norwich Market?
The charity seeks to transform the lives of children and young people through music with an innovative programme of music lessons in areas of social deprivation.

Learning to play a musical instrument and being part of an orchestra gives young people vital support in realising their potential to succeed across all areas of their lives.

Lord Mayor of Norwich Brenda Arthur said: “Sistema needs your support to provide more instruments and opportunities for these local youngsters.
The Sheriff of Norwich Beryl Blower and myself really value the work this wonderful charity does to give children and young people the opportunity to experience the rewards of confidence, sense of achievement and collaboration that participating in music can bring.”

Director of the charity, Marcus Patteson said:
“It is fantastic to be the civic charity and to have the Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s support this year.  The children and young people who take part in Sistema are able to thrive thanks to getting involved in music and we hope that this Christmas people will support us in making sure they continue to get this opportunity and we are able extend it to more children in the coming years.”

Sistema currently works with children from Catton Grove, Lakenham and Wensum Primary Schools and Norwich Primary Academy.

Donations will help the charity increase its pool of instruments and music lessons for primary school children and expand its teen sessions for older children. They will also help the organisation fund the post of music and education director to help further develop its musical programme.

Donations can be sent to The Norwich Civic Charity Appeal, Civic Office, Norwich City Council or donated online at
The charity welcomes cash and/or instrument donations and volunteers.
You can find out more about donating or helping by calling 01603 760529 or email
Look out for more events to support Sistema in the new year.
Sistema Norwich and Norwich City Council would like to thank Jarrold’s visual merchandising team for its help with the window display.